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House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

House Nears Debate On FY 2019 Defense Appropriations Bill

The full U.S. House of Representatives is expected to take up its version of the fiscal year 2019 defense appropriations bill the week of June 25-29. The debate on the $674.6-billion measure will likely occur June 27, according to a spokeswoman for the House Appropriations Committee (HAC).  The House Rules Committee has set a deadline […]

Modified 767 jetliners are turned into tankers at a Boeing plant in Everett, Wash. (Photo by Marc Selinger/Defense Daily)

Air Force Says It Expects To Receive First Boeing KC-46A Tanker In October

The U.S. Air Force announced June 20 that it has reached an agreement with Boeing [BA] on a revised delivery schedule that calls for the service to start receiving its first 18 KC-46A Pegasus tankers this fall. Under the agreement, which was months in the making, Boeing will hand over the first refueling jet in October and the remaining […]

A B-1 releasing a JASSM. Photo: Lockheed Martin.

Air Force To Resume Flying B-1 Bombers

The U.S. Air Force’s B-1B Lancers, which have been grounded since June 7, will return to flight this week, the service announced June 19. Air Force Global Strike Command said the “safety stand-down” gave it time to evaluate an undisclosed “issue” with ejection-seat components on the supersonic bomber.  “We have high confidence that the fleet’s […]

President Donald Trump.  (White House photo)

Trump Tells DoD To Form Space Force, But Senator Says He Can’t Do That

President Trump announced June 18 that he has told the Department of Defense to start forming a space force to ensure U.S. space dominance, but a key lawmaker insisted that DoD cannot proceed without congressional approval. “Very importantly, I’m hereby directing the Department of Defense and Pentagon to immediately begin the process necessary to establish […]

Senator Slams Upcoming Move Of F-35 Brake Work To Turkey

Honeywell [HON], which makes brake components for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in South Bend, Ind., plans to move that work to Turkey this summer, drawing criticism from the state’s senior U.S. senator. Sen. Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) said on the Senate floor late June 13 that if U.S.-Turkish relations continue to deteriorate, he is concerned the […]

Hill Democrats Blast Trump Move To Halt Military Exercises With South Korea

Several key congressional Democrats criticized President Donald Trump June 12 for announcing an end to joint military exercises with South Korea after his high-profile meeting with North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un in Singapore. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.); Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee; Sen. Patrick Leahy […]

The International Space Station. Photo: NASA

Senate Panel Backs Space Station Funding Beyond 2025

The Senate Appropriations Committee (SAC) has rebuffed the Trump administration’s proposal to end federal funding for the International Space Station (ISS) by 2025. In a new report explaining its fiscal year 2019 Commerce, Justice, Science appropriations bill, the committee said it supports maintaining ISS funding “beyond 2025 until a viable alternative exists to achieve NASA’s […]